Monday of the 8th Week of the Year

Mk 10:17-27

The Rich Man

OTHER HOMILY SOURCES:

Is the message in today's Gospel reading a commandment to get rid of our possessions? No. It's the same message we heard a few days ago, when the Gospel said: "If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off." Here it's: "If your money causes you to sin, get rid of it by giving it to the poor." The sin being dealt with is apathy -- i.e., lack of caring about others.

Jesus is addressing the question of how to receive eternal life. Since God is love, heaven is a place of love, and if we die with unrepented apathy, we cannot enter heaven. This is why purgatory is an act of God's mercy -- we're purged of all unlovingness.

Notice that when Jesus answers the man's question, he names only the commandments that deal with loving others. In essence, he's asking: Which do you love more -- your possessions or people? Let's look closer at these commandments.

"You shall not kill" -- Am I harming others by saying no to their needs in order to spend the money on myself?

"You shall not commit adultery" -- Am I cheating on those who need my attention by working more hours for the money?

"You shall not steal" -- Am I robbing others of justice by taking advantage of them to achieve the gains I want? Am I robbing others of Christ by my example of worldly business practices, foul language, or being too busy to pray with them?

"You shall not bear false witness" -- Am I deceiving others by claiming to care about them while focusing on myself, my needs, my desires, my problems, etc.? Do I claim to be generous but refuse to tithe (giving 10% of my income) to charities (starting with my own church)?

"You shall not defraud" -- Am I disguising myself as a loving person by saying all the right words and doing all the right things for the sake of manipulating others and securing my own comfortable lifestyle?

"Honor your father and your mother" -- Am I ignoring the needs of my parents and others who have nurtured me by being too self-centered and independent? Do I prefer to let others take care of my aging parents because I don't want to give up a room in my house and my time, my comfort, my activities, my possessions, or my dislike of difficult tasks?

For us, it's impossible to love at all times, but not for God. All things are possible with God. If we ask the Father for forgiveness and lean on Jesus and seek wisdom from the Holy Spirit, we become more loving. We become more heavenly (from Other Sources).

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During my college days, I almost dropped out of school because of financial difficulties. My father was a farmer with three hectares of land to till. My mother was a housekeeper and we were ten brothers and sisters. The income was not sufficient for the family. To support some of my school expenses, I studied as a working student in an optical shop. My relationship with God during that time was  good for I knew it was only Him who could help me in my problems. Later I was granted a scholarship and was able to finish my course.

However, as I was able to find work and earned sufficiently, I started to forget some of my obligations to God.  I encountered a lot of problems and it was only then that I would turn to Him again and would ask for guidance and assistance.

Though I was financially stable, I felt incomplete and unsatisfied. I happened to read a biblical passage: “No one can serve two masters. You cannot at the same serve God and money,” (Matt 6: 24). This made me realized that one could not be happy with money alone. The will of the Lord should be done.

The man in the passage asked Jesus the way that will lead to eternal life. And he proposed a new experience of liberty by becoming His follower. Jesus did not say that the rich person will not be saved but that it will be difficult for him because of material things and concerns.

It is then only by placing God at the center of our daily experience and activities can we find meaning and strength to surmount an obstacle we encounter. (DWCSJ Bible Diary 2002)

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After 2000 years of Christianity, it seems that for many of us religion still lies on a “don’t” stage. Don’t miss Mass on Sundays, don’t harm other people, don’t steal, don’t engage in tismis. Still I believe that many of us lie even on a much lower stage: we irregularly go to Mass on Sundays, we abuse children and housemaids and how we love to join in “harmless and friendly” tsismis.

The rich young man in the gospel beats us all. He said to Jesus, “all the don’ts I have kept from my earliest days!” Now how many of us can proclaim that publicly? The rich young man in the time of Jesus did. And yet He still had that deep longing and yearning for something more. Jesus thought He was ready for the next stage in religion: the “doing” stage. “Go, sell everything you own and give the money to the poor. Then, come, follow me.” The young man after all was not ready. He had much possessions. He went away sad.

Maybe now we know better than that young man. We talk about the cost of discipleship. We have even institutionalized communities whose members leave everything behind an d take up the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. But the words of Jesus are addressed to everybody whether in the convent or outside. His words challenge those who do not find much meaning in what they do; they call on people who have lost the zest for life. His words woo those who cannot find peace from power, possessions, drugs and pleasure.  Here then are the ways to peace according to Jesus’ words: Observe the commandments. Don’t let your possessions possess you. The money you give away is your true wealth. Make him the number one value in your life. 9Fr. Atilano Corcuera, SVD Bible Diary 2005)

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The Philippine Star of March 11, 2006 (Sunday) Vol. XX no. 226 reveals the names of those who made it to the Forbes billionaires’ list. Three Filipinos figure in the list. In relation to our gospel story, do you think that the 793 billionaires who made the list would find it difficult to enter the Kingdom of God?  “How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the Kingdom of God,” Jesus concludes after a man failed to match his enthusiasm for eternal life with his deeds. The man went away sad because he had many possessions.

Let’s be clear from the start. Jesus never demonized wealth or possessions. Vatican II documents Gaudium et Spes (no. 68) and the other papal encyclicals affirm this: “Man has the right to accumulate a sufficient amount of the world’s resources in order to live a dignified life.” It is only when they become the be all and end all of man’s life that they bring death rather than life. Wealth, if not administered according to the gospel values, is an obstacle to entering God’s Kingdom. Does it also mean that these billionaires and us luckier ones, have to give up their wealth? Ideally, yes. St. Francis of Assisi would not mind replicas. But not necessarily. If they start to share and invest their possessions and wealth for the common good, especially for those dispossessed, then I am convinced that it is a different matter altogether. After all, eternal life is still a gift from God! God’s salvation is gratuitous. (Fr. Jerome Cayetano, SVD Bible Diary 2007)

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All Christians are called to piety. In his first encyclical letter Deus Caritas Est. Pope Benedict XVI emphasizes that love of neighbor is a path that leads to the encounter with God and that closing our eyes to the needs of our neighbor also blinds us to God.

Thus in the Gospel, Jesus after commending the man for his piety in following the commandments exhorted him to do one more thing, that is, to do acts of charity. The rich man was a pious person. Yet he went away sad because he was unable to part with his many possessions. In the words of the encyclical, “Christian charity is first of all the simple response to immediate needs and specific situations: feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, caring for and healing the sick, visiting those in prison, etc.”

Yes, $19 billion is need annually to eliminate world hunger, huge amount indeed and seemingly impossible. Yet annually the world is able to spend $15 billion for perfume and $18 billion on cosmetics. Think about it.

As we follow the Lord through piety let us not forget that we are also called to practice charity. (Fr. Dennis Manzana, SVD Bible Diary 2008)

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May 23, 2016 Monday

Christianity is one of the religions that offer eternal life. Do we want to enter heaven? Do we want to gain eternal life? What is eternal life? In John 17:3, Jesus said: “This is eternal life: to know you, the only true God and Jesus Christ, whom you sent.” In this particular biblical passage, Jesus points out the importance of “knowing the only true God” and “whom God sent,” Jesus Christ himself. In this case, knowing God and Jesus is the first step to gain eternal life.

In today’s Gospel, a man asked Jesus: “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus asked him: “You know the commandments: ‘You shall not kill; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; you shall not defraud; honor your father and your mother.’” The man replied and said to Jesus, “Teacher, all of these I have observed from my youth.”

Based on Jesus’ question, the second step to eternal life is to “know God’s commandments.” The man showed to Jesus that he not only knew God’s commandments but had been applying these in his daily life since his youth!

Upon hearing the man’s answer, Jesus looked at him with love and said: “You are lacking in one thing. Go, sell what you have and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.”

It could have been a perfect conversation between Jesus and the man had he said yes but… as the story continues: “At that statement his face fell and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.”

Do we really want to gain eternal life? Jesus gave us some tips. Know God and Jesus. Know and live God’s commandments. Be detached: share and give what you have to the poor. And finally, follow Jesus. (Fr. Glenn Paul Gomez, SVD | DWC, San Jose, Occ. Mindoro Bible Diary 2016)

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JESUS LOOKS AT YOU (Mk 10:17-30): there is such thing as a dagger-look. This look wants to kill the one we are looking at. There is such a thing as a lustful and provocative look. This look practically strips naked the one we are looking at. There is also a look of sympathy. The look shows assurance the we are feeling what the other person is feeling. We are happy when he/she is happy, we are sad, when he/she is sad.

But the look that the Lord gave the rich young man was not a dagger look, a look of sympathy, a look of lust. It was the look of love.

Unfortunately, the rich young man did not allow himself to be touched by the look of love of Jesus, because he went away sad. He had many possessions which he was not ready to give up.

But the Lord was not always failure. There were times when He gave the look of love and succeeded.

Do you remember the look of love given to Zacchaeus? Zacchaeus hurried down from the tree, sold his belongings and gave it to the poor. Why? It is because the Lord looked at him with love…… (Socrates Villegas, Jesus Loves You, pp. 120-123)

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May 28, 2012

St. Ceraunus
Monday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time
GREEN

1 Pt 1:3-9
Ps 111
Mk 10:17-27

The Rich Man 

17As [Jesus] was setting out on a journey, a man ran up, knelt down before him, and asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18Jesus answered him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. 19You know the commandments: ‘You shall not kill; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; you shall not defraud; honor your father and your mother.’ ” 20He replied and said to him, “Teacher, all of these I have observed from my youth.” 21Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him, “You are lacking in one thing. Go, sell what you have, and give to [the] poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” 22At that statement his face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.

23Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” 24The disciples were amazed at his words. So Jesus again said to them in reply, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25It is easier for a camel to pass through [the] eye of [a] needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” 26They were exceedingly astonished and said among themselves, “Then who can be saved?” 27Jesus looked at them and said, “For human beings it is impossible, but not for God. All things are possible for God.”

Reflection:

To inherit eternal life. The bottom line of the commandments is for people to do good, to be ready to serve and to sacrifice for others, and to imitate Jesus.

Beyond the commandments, Jesus shows in the example of the rich man that material possessions can hinder us from committing ourselves to God. After all, wealth does not guarantee salvation. God’s kingdom is a gift. We enter the kingdom by receiving God’s grace and, consequently, doing good.

Though not condemning riches, Jesus warns us of their dangers. We may think that, with wealth, everything can be bought and acquired. Wealth can give us a false sense of security: we may think we no longer need God.

Jesus tells us that God is infinitely more important and valuable. God is our reward, and heaven is our final destination.

“One thing I ask of the Lord; this I seek: to dwell in the Lord’s house all the days of my life”
(Ps 27:4).

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Reflection: The man who asked Jesus as to what must he do to have eternal life was at the threshold of eternal life. But when Jesus asked him to part ways with his enormous wealth and give it to the poor. His face fell, then he walked away from Jesus for he couldn’t obey the request of Jesus.

You and I perhaps are like this man, very possessive and in love with wealth that we are not willing to give it away. But what we don’t know is it is when we give away our wealth that we will receive more wealth. Perhaps Jesus was just testing this man if he could still accept more wealth. But the man failed the prosperity test of Jesus.

If we want to become wealthier we must always be willing to give because it’s only in giving that we would receive further blessings from Jesus. Never in not giving that we would receive more wealth. Let us look around and see who are those who are prosperous they are the people who are generous. Let us therefore pray to have the grace to become more generous so that we could bless others.

What if you continue to cling to your wealth and refuse to become generous?  Then we shut the door of blessings from God and we distance ourselves from His kingdom. But all is not lost yet, we still have the time to turn things around and hear the call of Jesus for us to become generous. (Marino J. Dasmarinas)

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Reflection for May 25, Monday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time; Mark 10:17-27 Reflection: Who is this man in the gospel who walked away from his desire to follow Jesus in favor of his treasures? We don’t know but we could compare the attitude of this wealthy man to our own attitude when it comes to wealth.

Many of us can’t give away our wealth so that it may serve its real purpose none other than to feed the hungry and clothe the naked. When the wealthy man walked away from Jesus he allowed himself to be possessed by his love for his wealth. He was already at the threshold of the real meaning of life yet he still chose to be possessed by the false meaning of life which is accumulation and possession of wealth and power.

Many of us including our politicians allow ourselves to be possessed by this false meaning of life. Which in the end will only serve as our downfall and we become the object of ridicule because we allowed ourselves to be possessed by our greed for wealth and power.

What will it do us if we have wealth yet we don’t have peace of mind? What would wealth bring to our lives if we don’t have God? Nothing but false sense of security, nothing but a life devoid of meaning and a life of emptiness. – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Reflection for May 23, Monday of the Eighth Week in OT; Mark 10:17-27

Reflection: A businessman was on his deathbed, being his last moment in this world, his wife and all of his children were there. Seeing them all he suddenly had a worried face and said: why are you all here? Who’s tending the business? In the throes of death, yet his mind was still fixated on his material wealth.

What must we do to inherit eternal life? Jesus tells us to follow the commandments and sell what we have and give the proceeds to the poor and follow Him. This is how Saint Francis of Asisi lived his life. He was the son of a rich merchant but he disowned all of his inheritance he instead chose to help the poor. He lived a life of simplicity and poverty relying more on God’s providence than on this world.

There are people who are overly concerned with material wealth as if they can bring it to their grave. Some are even willing to sell their soul to the devil just to be rich. We should not invest on these things for all these are temporary and it could be taken from us anytime.

We should rather focus more on God rather than on this world. We should help those who are in need and steadfastly follow Christ. Nothing is wrong with being rich for as long as we don’t make riches our God and this we can do best by sharing it. Let us always remember that we are just stewards of the things that we have. – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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A WAY BACK – How great the mercy of the Lord, his forgiveness of those who return to him. — Sirach 17:24

Going to confession is always a time of grace for me. As a full-time mom with three young kids, it’s actually like a mini-retreat for me. Ironically, ever since I had kids, my sins seem to revolve around my being a not-so-good mom — especially my impatience, short temper and unkindness towards my own flesh and blood.

Recently, I went to confession and the priest gave me this penance: “Love your kids. Take care of them.” I wanted to ask him, “Are you sure that’s all, Father? Don’t I deserve a harder penance?” But then I realized how God was ministering to me through the priest’s words. Because I had sinned through my thoughts, actions and deeds as a “monster mom,” He was also providing “a way back” for me through my vocation as a mother.

Are you in a sinful state right now (as we all are at some point in our lives)? Don’t fret — it’s never too late to repent of your sins and turn back to Jesus… and once you decide to do so, He’ll provide “a way back” for you, too, just like He does for me. Tina Santiago-Rodriguez (tina@trulyrichmom.com)

Reflection: “I desire mercy, not sacrifice. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.” (Matthew 9:13)

Lord, I am not worthy that You should enter under my roof. But only say the word and my soul shall be healed.

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POSSIBLE – For men it is impossible, but not for God. All things are possible for God. – Mark 10:27

Imagine you’re playing a basketball game. Your team is down six points at 99-105 and there’s only 18.7 seconds left in the game. At this point, winning seems impossible.

This actually took place during the 1994 NBA playoffs, Indiana Pacers versus New York Knicks. Indiana was the trailing team and their player, Reggie Miller, scored eight points in the last 18.7 seconds to win against the Knicks. (Check it out on YouTube.) Nothing is impossible!

Reading that, you might say, “That’s just sports and that’s great, but I’m in real-life impossible circumstances now. I’m close to giving up.” If that’s what you’re thinking, and you feel helpless and hopelessly stuck in an impossible situation, don’t throw in the towel. Don’t give up. Allow God to speak differently to your situation, because what may seem impossible to you is possible to our all-powerful God.

So dare to ask God for the impossible. Ignite and expand your faith, believing Him for the best breakthrough and miracle you need in your situation. God can and will, because all things are possible for Him. Mike Viñas (mikemichaelfcv@yahoo.com)

Reflection: The size of your miracle depends on the size of your faith.

Father in heaven, enlarge my faith as I claim the impossible in my life because nothing is impossible for You.

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MAN’S SEARCH FOR MEANING – Ron Rolheiser, an OMI priest most famous for his writings in the area of holiness and spirituality, once wrote that the proper question to ask is not so much “Is my life happy?” as “Is my life meaningful?”

If you come to think about it, there is a great element of truth in that proposition. Someone who is rich can say, “I am happy, I can buy anything I want,” but it does not translate to a meaningful life. Not too long ago, a famous comedian in Hollywood, who has won all acting awards possible for his countless works through the decades, was found dead in his bathroom, an apparent case of suicide.

He was rich and famous. But obviously, without meaning to pass judgment on the character of that actor, he didn’t find his life meaningful. No one takes his own life unless he has lost all sense of meaning and purpose to go on.

Today in the Gospel, a young man approached Jesus. He was rich and had possessions, but something was lacking. He found no meaning in life. He asked Jesus for the secret to a meaningful life. When Jesus advised him to sell all his possessions and follow Him, the Gospel tells us, “The man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth” (v. 22). I once read somewhere that the human heart was made not for success but for significance. Success can bring happiness, but not necessarily significance. Happiness does not always lead to meaning; it is meaning that makes one happy.

What makes for a meaningful life? For one, live for others. Use your blessings as a way to bless others, too. This was the recommendation of Jesus to the rich young man. Secondly, live a life that is in friendship with God. That is why Jesus mentioned the commandments. We are friends with God if we do what He commands.

Live a meaningful life. Fr. Joel Jason

REFLECTION QUESTION: With what do you measure your life right now — success or significance?

Dearest Lord, teach me to be generous… to labor and ask not for reward, save that of knowing that I do Your most holy will. (Prayer of St. Ignatius of Loyola) Amen.

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The Price Is Right and the Choice Is Yours

May 25, 2015 (readings)

Monday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time

Mark 10: 17-27

As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up, knelt down before him, and asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus answered him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: You shall not kill; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; you shall not defraud; honor your father and your mother.” He replied and said to him, “Teacher, all of these I have observed from my youth.” Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him, “You are lacking in one thing. Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” At that statement his face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions. Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the Kingdom of God!” The disciples were amazed at his words. So Jesus again said to them in reply, “Children, how hard it is to enter the Kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” They were exceedingly astonished and said among themselves, “Then who can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “For human beings it is impossible, but not for God. All things are possible for God.”

Introductory Prayer: Once again, Lord, I come to you to pray. Even though I cannot see you, I trust that you are present and want very much to instruct me in your teachings. In the same way you demonstrate your love for me by spending this time with me, I want to express my love for you by dedicating this time to you with a spirit of faith, confidence and attention. Here I am, Lord, to listen to you and respond with love.

Petition: Lord, help me to be detached from the goods of this world so I can follow you more closely.

  1. God Is Good:The rich young man recognized Christ’s goodness. He kneels down before him knowing that Jesus possesses something that he does not have. What is it? The spirit of unconditional love. Christ leads us out of ourselves and asks us to trust him more. And so, Pope-Emeritus Benedict XVI encourages us, “I say to you, dear young people: Do not be afraid of Christ! He takes nothing away, and he gives you everything. When we give ourselves to him, we receive a hundredfold in return. Yes, open, open wide the doors to Christ – and you will find true life” (Homily, April 24, 2005).
  2. Looking at the Good Side of Things:It is easy to dwell on the cost of something. The young man’s face falls because he looks more at the cost than at the reward. The price is something that he would feel now, while the reward is something that will come later. How often in life do we experience this truth! The world we live in seeks instant gratification without wanting to pay the price. Rather than concentrating on the cost, we should focus on the benefits promised by God. We will discover that the cost is small and the benefits last forever. Do I have spiritual endurance? Am I am able to wait for the Lord and patiently invest in eternal goods now?
  3. Detachment:Saint Paul tells us that nothing can outweigh the knowledge of Christ Jesus. But in this man’s case, he had allowed something else to outweigh Christ. Comfort, security and material things beat the invitation of Christ to be perfect. Attachments lead to sadness; there is no room for God in a heart that is already full of the things of this world. Only detachment leads to true joy. God gives himself to the one who seeks him without any strings attached.

Conversation with Christ: Lord Jesus, help me to live a life of freedom. Help me to recognize your goodness. May my faith always see the good side of things, seeing all in my life as an opportunity to love you. I want to be attached to you and detached completely from my sinfulness.

Resolution: I will pick one thing that I can detach myself from today.

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One Bread, One Body – Reflection for May 25, 2015

HOPE-LOSS?

“He encourages those who are losing hope.” –Sirach 17:19

Hope in the Lord leads directly to strength. Those who hope in the Lord will never fail in strength (1 Mc 2:61) and actually renew their strength (Is 40:31). This is because “hope remains” after all else passes away (see 1 Cor 13:13). A people of hope is forever a people of strength.

Since hope is so critical to strength, it follows that Satan would relentlessly attack people to prevent them from growing in hope. To beat down our hope, Satan bludgeons us with:

  • a delaying game. “Hope deferred makes the heart sick” (Prv 13:12) rather than strong. We defeat this by lovingly waiting on the Lord (Is 40:31, RSV-CE) as long as it takes.
  • We don’t let defeats conquer hope, for “hope will not leave us disappointed” (Rm 5:5; Is 49:23).
  • sadness, which can lead to despair. We must fight this by rejoicing in hope (Rm 12:12) always (Phil 4:4).
  • repeated temptations to focus on self instead of God. Instead, we must look at what God has done in past generations (Sir 2:10). Those who have hoped in God have always been rewarded.

We may be so battered by trials that we are unable to raise our heads, much less grow in hope. God lifts up our head (Ps 3:4) and refuses to let us lose hope. The Lord Himself “encourages those who are losing hope” (Sir 17:19). When all seems hopeless, God Himself will give us a living hope (see 1 Pt 1:3, RNAB). Therefore, never give up, never stop waiting on the Lord, never give in to hopelessness, “and always hope in your God” (Hos 12:7).

PRAYER: Jesus, I will focus on You, my Hope of glory (Col 1:27).

PROMISE: “With God all things are possible.” –Mk 10:27

PRAISE: Pope St. Gregory VII’s last words were: “I have loved justice and hated iniquity…therefore, I die in exile” (see Ps 101).

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Praise and Thanksgiving

In today’s first reading we heard the author of the book of Sirach asking a pertinent and disturbing question, “Who in the nether world can glorify the Most High in place of the living who offer their praise? Dwell no longer in the error of the ungodly, but offer your praise before death. No more can the dead give praise than those who have never lived.” What does he mean by this? Is there no possibility of praising God after our death? Then what about those saints who are believed to be praising God in heaven? One explanation to this problem given by biblical scholars is that the concept of life after death developed among Jews only at a later stage. However, there is another possible explanation. By ‘the dead’ we need not understand those who are physically dead. Death is a state in which a person is ‘dead’ to God, i.e., spiritually dead. Such a person will not be in a position to thank or praise God. He is equal to a person not yet born. A spiritual deafness or blindness is preventing that person from glorifying God and his mercies, while a spiritually alive or awakened person will be always full of praise and thanksgiving.

In today’s Gospel we find a man approaching Jesus and asking him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus responds to him by indicating the Ten Commandments. To that he replied, “Teacher, all of these I have observed from my youth.” Jesus looked at him lovingly and said to him, “You are lacking in one thing. Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” At that statement, his face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions. This incident points towards one of the practical aspects of our praise and thanks giving. Many of us have a very wrong notion regarding praise and thanks giving. They think that, saying “Halleluiah… halleluiah… Praise the Lord…” and staring at the Blessed Sacrament is the one and only way to praise and worship of God. That is a devious and effortless way of “praising and thanking” God. Sharing the blessing which we have received with the less fortunate is the true and constructive way to praise and give thanks to God. Dr Kurian Perumpallikunnel CMI

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 Monday, May 23

 Monday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time

1 Pt 1: 3-9; Mk 10:17-27

Philanthropic Way

In today’s world, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. The inequality between these two classes is huge in magnitude and severity. It has become so worse that the 85% richest people on this earth own the wealth of half the world’s population. The disparity is widening day by day. The only solution to this solution is to inspire the rich to share their wealth with the poor.

Jesus, in today’s gospel emphasise that it is only through ‘philanthropic way’ one will attain eternal life. The rich young man wanted to attain eternal life and spared no effort to attain it. But, according to Jesus, he lacked one thing that he didn’t share his wealth with the poor. And Jesus says it is hard for a rich man to enter Kingdom of God.

The rich and poor are not to be seen in terms of money alone. There were many rich people whom Jesus appreciated much; Zachaeus, Niccodemus, Synagogue official. One who is having good store of talents, time, and resources is also a rich person. He must be willing to share them with the poor. And the term ‘poor’ too does not refer only to money. Anybody in need of help by the other is a poor person.

Let us be generous enough to share whatever we have. And let’s share them with the poor. The reward of Kingdom of is waiting for us.

Fr. Johnson Bezalel CMI

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 May 23, 2016

REFLECTION: For long centuries in Israel before the time of Christ, the people were convinced that there was no blissful afterlife with God in Heaven, just a mournful and sad afterlife in the dark center of the earth, the Sheol. Consequently, since they were all convinced that God is completely just, they believed that God had to reward the good people in this life and punish the bad people in this life. The rewards of a good life were: wealth, a long and healthy life, and a large posterity.

But in today’s gospel reading Jesus is telling his disciples that wealth is not at all a sign of God’s blessing but, on the contrary, an almost insurmountable obstacle to enter God’s kingdom. Hence their reaction of utter amazement.

Why is it that wealth and heaven do not go together but are antithetically opposed? Because Heaven is essentially an undeserved gift, something that no money can buy. It requires that people receive it as beggars receive alms—and that is an attitude which is completely foreign to a man who is used to acquire whatever he wants with his money. A rich person can enter heaven only with empty hands and a grateful heart…

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 Monday, May 23, 2016

MONDAY OF THE 8TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR C) – MARCOS 10:17-27. NGANONG ANGAY MAN KITANG MAG-AMPING SA KALIBOTANONG BAHANDI? Adunay panultihon nga nag-ingon: “Wealth is like sea-water. The more we drink, the thirstier we become.” Ang bahandi dili makatagbaw. Una, mangandoy ta og linibo. Apan kon duna na tay linibo, mangandoy na man sab tag minilyon. Hangtod nga mahurot ang atong panahon, hunahuna ug kusog sa pagpadako sa atong bahandi. Mawala kanato ang panahon para sa Ginoo ug sa isigkatawo. Gihigugma ni Hesus ang tanan, dato ug pobre, ug gusto niya nga ang tanan maluwas. Busa, giawhag niya kita nga dili magpaulipon sa bahandi ug maninguha sa langit, nga maoy tinuod nga bahandi. Tinuod ang giingon ni Billy Graham: “When wealth is lost, nothing is lost. When health is lost, something is lost. When character is lost, all is lost.” Posted by Abet Uy

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